BFNT, Steelworkers will meet again in two weeks

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Labor contract negotiators for Bridgestone Firestone North American Tire LLC (BFNT) and the United Steelworkers of America (USWA) will return to the bargaining table on Jan. 11 following a holiday recess.

Negotiations officially resumed on Dec. 6 after a stalemate that lasted for more than a year.

Workers at five BFNT plants are still working under a day-to-day contract that can be canceled by either party with a five-day notice.

Factories that would be covered under a new contract include Des Moines, Iowa; Warren County, Tenn.; Oklahoma City, Okla.; La Vergne, Tenn.; and a facility in Akron, Ohio, that builds racing tires.

BFNT´s Bloomington, Ill., plant is unionized, but isn´t part of the company´s master contract with the USWA.

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